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Is it possible to forgive the past?

From the moment I laid eyes on professional boxer Sean Savarese, I knew my life would never be the same. From his crystal clear blue eyes, to his strong muscular arms, to the dark wisps of curls that framed his beautiful face, I knew I was his for the taking. But he had secrets. Secrets I would later discover could shatter my wor
Published October 26th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Cristina | CristiinaReads
Oct 30, 2016 Cristina | CristiinaReads rated it it was amazing
“It’s not you, Kitten.” Each word comes out on a puff of breath. A staccato beat in the quiet night air.
I keep my eyes down, say nothing.
His fingertips graze my chin, tip my head up, so that I look at him. “You are perfect.”

Nov 07, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mma-or-fighters, 2016
Review to come..
Kelli Delp
Nov 02, 2016 Kelli Delp rated it really liked it
4 Star Review
Knockout by CJ Martin is funny, emotional, and dramatic all rolled into one standalone novel. It’s told from the two main characters POV, but the side characters are very well developed and are actively involved in the story. I loved the writing style and the flow of this book. Knockout is a very easy read and once you open the first page, you won’t want to put it down.

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Sean Savarese, also known as the ‘Knockout’ grew up fighting his way t
Nov 04, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing
5 star review
I absolutely LOVED Knockout by C.J. Martin. It’s one of my favourite reads so far this year. It’s the first book that I have read by this author and it will not be my last. I was hooked from the very beginning and couldn’t put it down. I mean to be fair I was kind of hooked after I saw the front cover of the book!! Then when I read the opening prologue that was it – all household chores were out the window until I had finished this book! I’m a fan of a fighter book so I was really e
Oct 26, 2016 Martha rated it it was amazing
This book will suck you in from the first page! I love the characters and how anger turns to love!
Sean aka Marc aka Marcelino has just received the worse news a person can endure. They say never give into peer pressure but that is easier said than done. When you get paid a good amount of money to run drugs it doesn’t matter the drug just don’t mess with the leader of the gang. The gang leader should not have messed with what Sean loves! Sean’s anger is out of contr
Oct 26, 2016 Maura rated it really liked it
Knockout by CJ Martin is a quick and easy read and the story holds a little bit of mystery. It’s a peek into the world of the training professional boxers must endure. The characters are well developed and the story is told in a dual point of view so we are allowed to see their inner thoughts.

This is the story of Kristen who is the manager of Fit Plus Gym. Kristen thinks her life is boring, that she is boring. “I’m so bored. I want a man to challenge me. A man to make me beg. A man who will f**
Jennifer Pierson
Oct 26, 2016 Jennifer Pierson rated it it was amazing
Kristen leads a very boring life, as she works a lot, and goes home to watch TV. It's never bothered her before, until the day she comes face to face with professional boxer, Sean Savarese, and her life's shaken up. There's something about him, that no matter how hard she tries to stay away, she knows deep down, she's his for the taking. However, she keeps getting warned away from him, but no one reveals the secrets he's hiding. Sean has never let women become a distraction for him, until he mee ...more
Stacey Baxter
Oct 28, 2016 Stacey Baxter rated it it was amazing
Knockout is a mma book but it all about the fighting world it's mainly aimed at the gym but it's about two people who one don't want to let her guard down and the other him who has a dark past and deep secrets.
I loved Kristen she works at the gym as a PR she has a great personality and you can't help but fall in love with her. She's quite comfortable in life she works hard and socialize with her bestie Rachael everything is pretty boring for her though nothing exciting happens because even thou
Ashley Burkhart
Oct 31, 2016 Ashley Burkhart rated it really liked it
C.J. Martin
4 Stars

This is the first book I have read by C.J. Martin, and I was not disappointed. This book was a quick, easy read and I loved it. This book is full of drama, great characters and lots of steamy love scenes.
Kristen’s lives a life of routine doing the same mundane thing day in and day out. It’s boring and she is lacking any type of excitement in her life.
Sean is a professional MMA fighter with a strict routine, workout, diet and sleep. No distractions. Fighting as an outlet
Robin Rankin
Nov 12, 2016 Robin Rankin rated it it was amazing
This was a pretty steamy story and I couldn’t put it down. It is a must read! The scenes with Sean and Kristen were just plain HOT and CJ Martin did a great job painting a picture in my head with her words and the visualizations in my head, were just wow.

Kristen Dakow is just coming home from a week in Cabo with her best friend Rachel. She loves her job at Fit Plus Gym, but it is the typical Monday after a vacation feeling of dread. She goes to catch up with her boss and finds Sean Marcelino Sa
Cara Webb
Nov 03, 2016 Cara Webb rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, I mean it was raw and gritty and just all around sexy. Sean is a professional fighter that comes in to do some promotional work for a buddies gym, which is where he meets Kristen. At first, they don't really hit it off, but they have to work together. When they realize there is a mutual attraction Kristen says that they cannot act on it due to them working together for the gym and therefore she tries to hold Sean at arms length. Yeah like thats going to work where t ...more
Nov 08, 2016 Kelli rated it it was amazing

Sean Savarese a professional boxer. But is that all there is to him? What about his past? Where did he come from?
Kristen Dakow, Gym Manager at Fit Plus Gym. Without her the schedules and everything would be a mess.
Romey the owner of Fit Plus Gym has his friend Sean (Marc) KO Savarese training in the gym and it is up to Kristen to take care of the Public relations stuff. Setting up news confrences and the likes. Romey has warned Kristen to stay away from Sean, but why. What is his reasoning for
Dee Ellis
Oct 25, 2016 Dee Ellis rated it really liked it
CJ Martin is a new-to-me author but the blurb for Knockout had me sold. There are a ton of fighter tales out there, and much like the popular MC titles, it's how the author crafts the characters, not the sub-genre settings that makes it work or not.

Right away I liked Sean and Kristen and the chemistry between them was like a live wire. They were both frustrating at times, with their back and forth, but it just made them all the more real. Flawed and imperfect. The heat level was scorching but b
Anna D
Feb 26, 2017 Anna D rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-winner
This was.... speechless!! Hot damn..... I want to marry Sean myself !! I love how they had that spark once they laid eyes on each other. I received this book through a giveaway and thank baby Jesus for winning!! I am in love with this author now and will be reading all her books now!!
Becca Stanfield Vernon
Nov 05, 2016 Becca Stanfield Vernon rated it it was amazing
Great great book!!! I love broody sexy alpha males especially when boxing or mma is involved!!
Chantelle Smith
Oct 31, 2016 Chantelle Smith rated it it was amazing
From the moment Kristen laid eyes on professional boxer Sean, she knew nothing would be the same again. With his clear crystal blue eyes and his strong muscular arms to the wisps of hair that framed his beautiful face, she knew everything had changed and that she was his for the taking. But Sean had secrets. Secrets that could shatter her world and break her heart, but is it possible to forgive the past?

When Sean first saw her at the gym where he trained her knew he was a goner. She was everywhe
Lustful Literature
Oct 28, 2016 Lustful Literature rated it really liked it

Shanyn's Review

I’ve been in a bit of a book funk lately. Nothing really capturing my attention, and then “Knockout” showed up on my kindle. Just like a attention seeking, panty melting, book angel! This book solved my book funk issue! I love a good fighter book, and this one did not disappoint. Sean is a hot alpha male boxer, and I couldn’t get enough of him.

“Men like him- men too good looking for their own good- are dangerous and to be avoided at all costs. Yes, I think, as I fan my flushed fa
Tracy Wilkin
Nov 04, 2016 Tracy Wilkin rated it it was amazing
Hang onto your hats, everyone. We are in for one hell of a ride. Knockout kicks off with a bang. I loved this story hard and instantly.

First we meet the hero and heroine. Kristen works at the gym Sean will be training at for the next few months. Kristen is instantly struck dumb by lust, and Sean is just as taken with her. Sean tried not to give into the insatiable hunger that grips him whenever Kristen is near. He believes he is not good enough for her, and she is too sweet and innocent for him.
Dec 28, 2016 Kyles rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, kindle, fighter
Don't let my review stop you from reading this, but I personally just couldn't quite get into this and connect with the characters.
Nov 07, 2016 Sue rated it it was amazing
I had a huge surprise with this book thought it was going to be all about boxing, how wrong I was. Awesome book.
Seven years ago:
Marc was on the way to a party on Long Island with Terrick, when he got a hysterical phone call from his Nona. His younger brother was dead. Yelling at Terrick to turn around they go rushing into Nona’s house to hear the news that Ignazio had been shot dead in a gangland killing.
Present day:
Kristen arrives back at work after a holiday with her best mate Rachael. Taking
Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Oct 27, 2016 Mom's Guilty Pleasure rated it it was amazing
From the start of this book I knew there would be chemistry, emotion, heartache, determination, compassion….it was all of that and so much more. I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. It captured my heart from the start and I didn't want it to end.

Sean “aka” Marc, Marcelino, Knockout ~Seven years earlier…

“I knew what I was doing on my way to the rec center. I knew exactly who I was looking for. Carmen Méndez. The son of a …..who killed Ignazio. And I knew exactly what would happen whe
Nov 02, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing
Sean Marcelino Savarese has had a rough life. The death of his younger brother changed the outcome of his entire life and years later, Sean is preparing for the fight of his life. Sean has been growing in fame with his boxing career and is finally getting a title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a few months. As a favor to his friend, Romey, Sean decided to do his training at Romey’s gym in a small town in Pennsylvania where he meets the gym manager, Kristen, and his life changes again. Se ...more
Book Maniac Forever
Oct 10, 2016 Book Maniac Forever rated it really liked it
⭐ 4.5 STARS ⭐

It’s only my second read by C.J. Martin, but I can now easily admit that she’s an author who effortlessly brings to life emotions and chemistry that you feel through your body. Knockout has a little bit of everything I love in my stories: two lead characters with a sizzling connection, a hero with a broken past, a sexy courtship and dramas in the background.

The prologue starts out really strong, with a bit of mystery that left me wanting more. While the next first few chapters were
Amber Sikes
Nov 05, 2016 Amber Sikes rated it it was amazing

5 out of 5 Stars

Knockout, a standalone novel by CJ Martain, is set in Bear Cove, Pennsylvania and tells the story of professional boxer Sean Marcelino “Marc” Savarese and a beautiful office manager Kristin.
Sean grew up a poor kid, in a rough neighborhood, in Brooklyn. Nothing in life has been easy and after the death of his younger brother several years ago, he's
found boxing is one of the only ways to battle the demons from his past. Now, while preparing for one of the biggest fights of his car
Nov 03, 2016 Lana rated it it was amazing
From the moment I laid eyes on professional boxer Sean Savarese, I knew my life would never be the same. From his crystal clear blue eyes, to his strong muscular arms, to the dark wisps of curls that framed his beautiful face, I knew I was his for the taking. But he had secrets. Secrets I would later discover could shatter my world and break my heart.
Kristen. She was everywhere. All around me. At the gym where I trained. In my thoughts. In my dreams. And she
Nov 04, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing
Knockout by CJ Martin a fighting Five-Star read. This is a stand-alone book; it does contain scenes of a sexual nature and there is some fighting but its mainly kept to the boxing ring. It poses the question, is it possible to forgive the past?
As one of the main characters Sean Sevarace has a major secret that a lot of people have tried to keep it as under wraps as possible, and scrub it from history where ever possible. Even going so far as to make Sean go by his given name Sean and not the mi
Oct 20, 2016 Alecia rated it it was amazing
I am in awe of C.J. Martin’s writing!

A couple of years ago I became addicted to novels that involve fighters with the help of two authors, you all can probably guess those books, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and The Real Series by Katy Evans.

Going into the novel Knockout by C.J. Martin I was expecting to like this novel but given the novels I listed above and my love for them I knew this author had some big shoes to fill. Well C.J. Martin Succeeded in filling those shoes and in the proce
Tracy Antonelli Manderson
Oct 27, 2016 Tracy Antonelli Manderson rated it it was amazing
Knockout by C.J. Martín
5 out of 5
This story contains drama, hot steamy sex.

This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Martin and I really enjoyed it. This story started out slow but then it got really really hot….

Sean and Kristen are the two main characters in this story from the moment they set eyes on each other the sizzling connection is so hot. The way Ms. Martin's brings out the emotion and chemistry that gave me shivers at times is awesome. Ms. Martin’s had me laughing and she also wa
Stefanie Carney
Oct 31, 2016 Stefanie Carney rated it it was amazing
This is a one two punch to the heart, if you can forgive the pun, you will understand as soon as you finish this wonderful story. I would recommend blocking away a couple of hours so that you won’t be interrupted. I have not, historically, been a fan of sport romances but it seems that CJ Martin has changed my mind. She is able to weave an amazing back-story in with a racy and enthralling love story with such grace and talent. I was hooked on this story and it seems that I may be hooked on her a ...more
Nov 08, 2016 Emski rated it really liked it
The best thing about this book is it has action, angst and drama. Those three things together enhance the read because you feel like you experienced the book.
Kirsten works at the gym that Sean goes to and they are warned to keep away from each other, well that's not going to happen. Sean fights his demons away in the boxing ring and is all alpha male. There is nothing he can do to fight away the chemistry that hits him when he encounters sweet Krsten. She also fights the attraction but really th
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CJ Martín lives in Pennsylvania with her wonderful husband and her adorable (sometimes infuriating) dog, Albert. She is an avid reader and has been known to spend her days ignoring her responsibilities while engrossed in a good book. She enjoys traveling and yoga.

Book by CJ Martín:
⭐ Snowbound (Oct. 2015)
⭐ Off Key (Aug. 2016)
⭐ Knockout (2016)

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